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International Women's Day 2018: #PressForProgress theme celebrates Gender Equality

08 March 2018, 01:38 | Lionel James

International Women's Day 2018: #PressForProgress theme celebrates Gender Equality

Azerbaijan marks International Women's Day

The people were eventually broken up by police. It was moved to March 8 in 1913 and was recognized by the United Nations in 1975.

Thousands of Palestinian women have taken to the streets for International Women's Day in an attempt to shed light on the issue of incarcerated women who have had their fundamental rights taken away from them. They honoured a similar march by their forebears in 1857 on that date. In the intervening years there had been several protests and strikes, most notably after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, in which 146 women died by either being trapped in the factory or jumping to their deaths.

The latest figures from the TUC reveal the average woman in the United Kingdom earns 18% less than her male counterparts each year.

From the team at Human Resources, we wish you a Happy Women's Day. Women's representation in national parliaments stands, on average, at less than one quarter, and in boardrooms it is even lower. Our policy contributes to the successful global implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda.

The challenge remains that the negative rhetoric is the very fabric that creates the glass ceiling for women's progress.

It's your day, Happy Women's Day!

Purple is used to symbolise International Women's Day, but historically it was green, white and purple; purple to symbolise dignity, white for purity and green for hope. The proposal got unanimous support by over 100 women across 17 countries. This was also in support of achieving universal suffrage for women.

In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland celebrated the first official International Women's Day on March 19. She also founded Women'sTEC in north Belfast's Duncairn Gardens, which provides work-skills training for women in non-traditional roles such as plumbing and bricklaying.

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Twelve years, after the struggle and protest in 1908 in NY, women got the right to vote in the US; this was following the ratification of the 19 Amendment to the US Constitution.

These activities were part of the struggle for women's suffrage, which was slowly extended to women around the world in the early 20th century. India granted women the right to vote in 1950.

Women today, about six decades later, are still fighting the same prejudices. The idea was proposed by Clara Zetkin, who was the leader of the office. As a deacon, he worked at a women's federal prison in California, a ministry which, he says, significantly affected the way he sees the role of women in the Church.

We have had a look at the history behind the day, what will be taking place to celebrate it and why it is still relevant in 2018.

The glass ceiling stifles women's efforts to rise high into self-advancement, as well as rising to positions of influence.

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In the past, the day has also been used to launch initiatives aimed at tackling gender inequality and violence against women.

This year's IWD theme is #PressForProgress, and it couldn't come at a better time - where not just women, but all members of society need to be provided an inclusive voice, while employers must press for gender parity on all fronts.

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